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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 15, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, director, waitress, teacher

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This off-beat, gap-toothed blonde actress began her career in waifish, juvenile roles and later graduated to droll oddball character parts. Amy Wright was born and raised in the Midwest and worked as a schoolteacher before heading to NYC in the mid-1970s to pursue an acting career. Shortly after her arrival, Wright joined Rip Torn's Sanctuary Theater where she appeared in "Agnes and Joan". Roles in stock and regional theater followed before she garnered attention for her turn in a revival of Lanford Wilson's "The Rimers of Eldrich" in 1976. Two years later, she had the featured role of 13-year-old Shirley Tally in Wilson's acclaimed "Fifth of July", making her Broadway debut in the part in 1980. Wright continued to make stage appearances into the 90s, most notably as a devotee of psychologist Melanie Klein (played by Uta Hagen) in the Off-Broadway success "Mrs. Klein" (1995-96).

This off-beat, gap-toothed blonde actress began her career in waifish, juvenile roles and later graduated to droll oddball character parts. Amy Wright was born and raised in the Midwest and worked as a schoolteacher before heading to NYC in the mid-1970s to pursue an acting career. Shortly after her arrival, Wright joined Rip Torn's Sanctuary Theater where she appeared in "Agnes and Joan". Roles in stock and regional theater followed before she garnered attention for her turn in a revival of Lanford Wilson's "The Rimers of Eldrich" in 1976. Two years later, she had the featured role of 13-year-old Shirley Tally in Wilson's acclaimed "Fifth of July", making her Broadway debut in the part in 1980. Wright continued to make stage appearances into the 90s, most notably as a devotee of psychologist Melanie Klein (played by Uta Hagen) in the Off-Broadway success "Mrs. Klein" (1995-96).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Namesake, The (2006)
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 Messengers (2004)
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 Besotted (2002) Mona
6.
 Amy and Isabelle (2001) Rosie
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 Joe the King (1999) Mary
8.
 Tom and Huck (1995) Aunt Polly
9.
 Scarlet Letter, The (1995) Goody Gotwick
10.
 Robot in the Family (1994) Kristina Shamir
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Was teacher before moving to New York to pursue acting career
1975:
Joined Rip Torn's Sanctuary Theater; made NYC stage denut in "Agnes and Joan"
1976:
Film debut in the pseudo-documentary feature "Not a Pretty Picture" (dir. Martha Coolidge)
1977:
Played leads in a triple bill of Strindberg ("Miss Julie", "The Stronger" and "Creditors") produced Off-Broadway
1978:
Originated role of the teenaged Shirley Talley in the Off-Broadway production "Fifth of July"; made Broadway debut in 1980 with the production
1979:
Had effective role of the teenaged Sabbath Lily in John Huston's "Wise Blood"
1980:
Appeared as a groupie in Woody Allen's "Stardust Memory"
1983:
Filmed the busted CBS pilot "A Fine Romance"
1983:
Appeared in the Broadway farce "Noises Off"
1986:
Had featured role in the CBS TV-movie "Trapped in Silence"
1988:
Co-starred in "The Telephone", directed by Rip Torn
1988:
Appeared as William Hurt's sister in "The Accidental Tourist"
1995:
Cast as Aunt Polly in "Tom and Huck"
1996:
Co-starred with Uta Hagen in the hit Off-Broadway play "Mrs. Klein"; later toured with the production
1999:
Stage directing debut with off-off-Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur"
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Education

Beloit College: Beloit , Wisconsin -

Notes

"Some days I feel great and I look fine to myself, and some days I feel like a noodlehead or something--a banana. I'm always told, 'Oh, you're not pretty enough for that, you're not voluptous enough.' That's why in the bigger movies, I get sent up for these oddball types." --Amy Wright quoted in PREMIERE, March 1990

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companion:
Rip Torn. Actor. Together since 1976.

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daughter:
Katie Torn. Born c. 1982; father Rip Torn.
daughter:
Claire Torn. Born on February 6, 1992; father Rip Torn.

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